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AT&T Joins The Party Of Jealous Telcos: Sues Vonage For Patent Infringement

from the anyone-else-want-in? dept

If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em for patent infringement. That seems to be the lesson that various telcos have learned in dealing with Vonage. Having seen Verizon and Sprint win big awards for patent infringement against Vonage, AT&T has now sued the company for patent infringement as well. The story, once again, is exactly the same. AT&T tried, and failed, to compete with Vonage in the marketplace. So now that they've lost, they've sued. It has nothing to do with Vonage "stealing" any technology. The technology behind VoIP is fairly straightforward. Perhaps that's why it seems like everyone claims to have VoIP patents. At this point, it's just ridiculous piling on against the first company that actually figured out how to market a VoIP telephone replacement service by a bunch of telcos who refused to innovate.

Filed Under: patents, telcos, voip
Companies: at&t, sprint, verizon, vonage

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  1. identicon
    3-Way Conference, 22 Oct 2007 @ 6:54am

    Fucking Verizon: "Hello? Hey Sprint, I think I just nailed these fuckers... maybe just wait until I am done with them, then it will be your turn OK?"

    Fucking Sprint: "Thank you Verizon, I am sure they will just pay whatever I want... I am just happy that I'll do them when they are tired... thanks for loosening them up... Yo, AT&T... your joy will be even better... there will be almost no waiting time for you to cash out from these guys, sounds good?"

    Fucking AT&T: "You guys rock! lemme know when you are done, so I can finish them off, but hey... please thank 'The People' for agreeing that we can screw them, if it wasn't for them, we'd probably be the ones being completely screwed. I guess we'll have to sponsor some landlines to these good samaritans that understood how bad Vonage is for America and American business."

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